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Founders (Council)

Yazhou Liu
Founder of the Ya Zhong Center of Innovative Education and the first chairman of the board of directors.

General Liu joined the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in March of 1968. He earned a bachelor’s degree majoring in English from Wuhan University, in 1975. He is a member of the Seventeenth Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China, as well asa member of the Eighteenth Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. He is a 3-star general,the highest ranking in China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLAAF), and concurrently holds the position of political commissar of the PLA National Defence University. In 2015, General Liu was appointed as guest professor at Wuhan University. In 2016,General Liu was appointed to be the chairman of the Council of China National Defense Finance Research Institute.


Xiaolin Li

Founder of the Ya Zhong Center of Innovative Education and the first Vice Chairman of the board of directors.

Ms. Li is the daughter of Xiannian Li, the former President of China. She graduated from Wuhan University in 1975 with a degree in English. In 1983, she was awarded a master’s degree in History at the University of California. She is now the President of CPAFFC (The Chinese People’s Associationfor Friendshipwith Foreign Countries). She was a member of the 10th and 11th CPPCC National Committee, and she is a member of the 12th NPC Standing Committee. She is also the deputy director of the 12th National Committee of Foreign Affairs. In 2015, she was appointed as guest professor at Wuhan University.


James Zhongzi Lee

Founder of the Ya Zhong Center of Innovative Education. He was the first Secretary General of the Council of the Ya Zhong Center of Innovative Education. Currently, he is the Chairman and the Secretary General of the Council.

Dr. Lee is currently the chairman of Lee World Holdings, which presently boasts 20+ wholly-owned subsidiaries, joint ventures and shareholding companies with operations in New York, Cincinnati, Vientiane, Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Huailai, Urumqi and other major cities.

After achieving his master’s degree at the Communication University of China, he studied in America for eight years and was awarded Ph.D in International Politics at the Ohio State University. Following this success, Dr. Lee joined Harvard Business School where he studied under the Owner/President Management (OPM) program. In 1993, he started his entrepreneurial ventures and became the largest importer and exporter of Therapy Balls in America. Later, he turned to manufacture auto parts, becoming a OEM supplier for major auto companies worldwide. Today, Lee World Business Holdings include multiple businesses, i.e., real estate, capital investment, General aviation, manufacturing, trade and education.One million square meters high end Waterfront residential project,China’s first Fly-in Community are just a few success stories.

In 2011, Dr.James Zhongzi Lee was appointed to the Communication University of China Board and in 2015, he was appointed as the MBA advisor. In 2015, he was appointed to the board of directors of Wuhan University, and he is a guest professor and research fellow at the University.

Ying Che

Prof. Ying Che is Deputy Secretary-General of Ya Zhong Council of the Ya Zhong Center of Innovative Education.

He graduated from Wuhan University and later from Fudan University. Prof. Che is currently a professor of China Boundary and Ocean Research Institute, as well as a pluralistic professor of the Institute of International Education at Wuhan University.

Prof. Che has also been the deputy chief editor of Journal of Wuhan University , a professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at Wuhan University, and senior researcher follow at the Sino-Japanese Cultural Center of Wuhan University.